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The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award in Juan Cuevas.

Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of healthcare.

This quarter's winner is Juan Cuevas, ATC. Juan is an athletic trainer at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. A student of Juan's said of him, "Juan is the perfect example of a passionate athletic trainer. His charisma makes you want to learn and be around him whether it's simply to assist or have a fun conversation. The way he recalls information at the drop of a hat is truly amazing! Juan shows he really cares for his athlete's well being, as well as his students. He makes the Fullerton College athletic training room a second home. He not only goes above and beyond to have the athletes physically ready but makes sure they are mentally prepared to go back on the field. Juan Cuevas is the epitome of excellence in this field that we have come to love. He is truly Juan (One) of a kind."

When told about his award, Juan stated, "I am truly humbled and surprised to have been nominated to receive the Excellence in Athletic Trainer Award. There are so many deserving and extremely hard-working ATs all over our district, and I'm eternally grateful for such a tremendous honor. I love athletic training, I love the joy on my athletes' faces when they receive the care we provide, and I especially love seeing my former students succeed in our profession. Having been recognized by my peers ensures that the hard work we put forth does not go unnoticed. A heartfelt thank you once again for this special recognition."

Congratulations Juan!

*Story courtesy of the FWATA Public Relations Committee

The Far West Athletic Trainers' Association (FWATA) is comprised of athletic trainer associations from California, Nevada and Hawaii under District 8 of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). FWATA strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.

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